Holmes MS Weekly Update - 8/11/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year at Holmes Middle School!  We are so excited to welcome students and families back to Holmes, and we have been working hard throughout the summer to get ready for the school year!

 

Parent Survey / Encuesta de Padres

Parents/Guardians: Please help us to continue our planning for the school year by completing the survey below about parent events, which will be open for responses until Friday, August 30th.  

2019-20 Holmes MS Parent Survey / Encuesta de padres 

 

Welcome, New Administrators & Counselors!

We have had some big changes to our administrative and counseling teams this year, including 2 new administrators (Mr. Simmons & Mr. Barrow) and 3 new counselors).  This year (and in years to come), we will be organized alphabetically by the students' last names (rather than by grade level). Take a look at the chart below to see who your student's counselor and administrator will be. Scroll down further for the picture of our team members!

 

 

By now, you should have received your packet from our Student Services office in the mail with important information about the start of the school year, including important forms to complete and return.  (Scroll down further down in the newsletter for more information about important schedule pickup dates coming up when those forms can be turned in.)  

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

One important document that schools have not received yet is the 2019-20 Student Rights & Responsibilities.  The electronic copy of the document is available at the link, and students will be given hard copies of it to bring home when we receive it at school.  

Parents have the option of printing and signing the signature sheet to acknowledge receipt of the link, but are also welcome to wait until the hard copy of the booklet has been received. Copies of the signature sheet will also be available in the main office.  

Buses

While we have not received students' bus assignments yet from the Transportation Department, we do expect to receive them very soon.  Typically, Transportation sends communication directly to each family with the regular and late bus assignments.  (Note: Late buses will be available to students staying in the After School Program on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays beginning Monday, September 23rd.)

 

Blue-White Calendar

Holmes operates on a block schedule, with Blue Days (periods 1, 3, 5, & 7) and White Days (periods 2, SOAR Time, ER, 4, & 6).  Our Blue-White Calendar for the year can be found below, and will also be located in students' agendas.   (NOTE: The assignment of blue days and white days remains the same throughout the year regardless of cancellations that may occur due to inclement weather.  

Bell Schedule

Our bell schedule has only changed slightly this year to introduce a new period call SOAR time and to decrease the number of ER (Enrichment & Remediation) rotations throughout the year.  More to come in future newsletters about what happens in SOAR Time and ER.  

SOAR Time

We are excited to begin SOAR Time this year at Holmes!  SOAR Time will take the place of ER-8 and will occur every white day throughout the year.  SOAR Time will be a homebase for students, who will be in small groups of 12-14 students with a teacher.  This period will provide an opportunity to conduct schoolwide lessons, to help students get and stay organized throughout the year, to have time to stay up to date with their coursework, and have time to read and reflect on their progress.  

 

Lockers

Lockers will be distributed to all students on Tuesday, September 10th.  Students must turn in their Emergency Care and Health Information forms in order to receive their lockers.  

NOTE: 6th graders attending the orientation on Thursday morning, August 22nd, will receive their locker assignments so that they can practice opening the combination lock.  They will not, however, be able to store anything in the lockers or use them until they are assigned to all students schoolwide on September 10th.

Laptops

We are excited to be able to expand our one-to-one laptop program this year to include 7th grade!  8th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Thursday, August 29th, and 7th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Wednesday, September 4th.  Students must turn in the 1:1 Laptop Form (in the packets mailed home) in order to receive their laptops.  

Backpacks

ALL students will be permitted to carry backpacks during the school day through September 10th, when they will receive their locker assignments. 

After September 10th:

  • 7th & 8th graders will be permitted to carry backpacks throughout the day to protect their laptops 
  • 6th graders will be required to store their backpacks in their lockers from 7:30-2:15.  

Suggestions:

  • 7th & 8th grade students may want to have a smaller (but sturdy) string backpack to use during the school day.  
  • Encourage students to only carry what they need during the school day.  They will have opportunities to stop at their lockers throughout the day.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Upcoming Events
  • First Week's Schedule
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • FCPS CARES
  • Summer F.E.E.D.S.
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Save the Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions that you have about the upcoming year!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Admin Team (standing, left to right): Serena Giron, Director of Student Services; Justin Simmons, Assistant Principal; Rose Moore, Assistant Principal; Margaret Barnes, Principal; Robert Barrow, Dean of Students

Counseling Team (sitting, left to right): Bessie Fealey, Kelly Murphy, Erika Davis, Victor Carias

Welcome to Dana Wallace, our new Special Education Department Chair at Holmes Middle School!  Ms. Wallace is coming to us from Edison High School.  She is excited to welcome our families back and is available as a resource to you with any questions that you have about the support your student is receiving through his/her IEP.  If you need to contact her, she can be reached at ddwallace@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Events

Schedule Pick up

  • Wednesday 8/21: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 8/22: 9 AM - 3:30 PM

****Please bring completed forms (packets were mailed out to families last week)

  • Attention families of students who are unable to pick up schedules:  On the first day of school, all students' names will be posted by last name in various locations throughout the school with the first period room number and teacher name.  All students will receive an updated schedule on the first day of school.

 6th Grade/New Student and Parent Orientation

  • When:  Thursday, August 22, 8AM -10:30AM

Where: Holmes Middle School

**** Transportation will be provided from your local elementary school (Bren Mar Park, Columbia, Parklawn, and North Springfield,  Weyanoke (Please note Weyanoke students will be picked up at bus stops which will be communicated at a later date)

Who:  All new and 6th grade students and parents to Holmes

***Parents will have an opportunity to learn key information about Holmes with our parent liaisons!

 

First Day of School

  • When:  Monday, August 26  (Blue Day – periods 1/3/5/7), 7:30AM-2:15PM

 

First Week's Schedule of Classes: 8/26-8/30

Schedule for first week of school:

Mon., 8/26 = FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 8/27 = White Day (2nd, 4th, 6th) SOAR Time

Wed., 8/28 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 8/29 = White Day (2nd, 4th 6th) SOAR Time

Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL / STUDENT HOLIDAY

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website, which is currently in the process of being updated.  

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

Food for Every Child to Eat During the Summer (F.E.E.D.S.) Important Dates
  • Wed., 8/21, 11 am - 5 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 9 am - 3:30 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 8 - 10:30 am - 6th Grade/New Student & Parent Orientation
  • Mon., 8/26, 7:30 am - First Day of School
  • Wed., 8/28 5 - 8:30 pm - Open House / Back to School Night
  • Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday for Students & Teachers
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses 
2019-20 Save the Dates How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 6/9/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon, Holmes Families! 

We made it!  Just 4 more days to go!  This past week was a fun one with our last music event of the year on Tuesday and the 8th grade celebration on Friday!  Thank you to all of our parents who volunteered!  We could not have pulled it off without your help!  

This week, we also received the news from Mrs. Cooper that she will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Mrs. Cooper has devoted 16 wonderful years to Holmes Middle School and close to 30 years in FCPS.  We are so grateful for all that she has done to support our students and families!  If you'd like to send her a note to wish her well, you can email her at jwcooper1@fcps.edu.  We will miss you dearly, Mrs. Cooper!!

 

Here's what's happening in the last 4 days of school...

No Lockers This Week

On Friday, 6/7, students cleaned out their lockers during ER-6. All items should have been taken home on Friday.  No locker usage will be permitted the week of Monday, 6/10.  Big backpacks will not be needed; students will be permitted to have small string backpacks for any small items they may need to carry.  

 

Awards Ceremonies - Tuesday, 6/11

All grade-level awards ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 11th, at the following times:

  • 8th Grade - 8:00 am
  • 7th Grade - 9:15 am
  • 6th Grade - 1:00 pm

Each ceremony is expected to last about 30-45 minutes.  All students in each grade level will attend the ceremony.  The families of students receiving awards received emails this week inviting them to attend.  

 

Activity Day - Wednesday, 6/12

Activity Day is an fun, annual tradition planned by our students in SCA!  We start out the morning watching a great movie with a great message.  This year's movie is "Remember the Titans".  If you'd like to know more about it, click HERE.  (If you would prefer for your student not to watch the movie, please let the grade-level assistant principal know.)  The day continues with students being divided into 4 groups and rotating through 4 different stations with activities outside, in the gym, in different hallways, and lunch.  We'll end the day with a pep rally and a student/faculty basketball game.  We would love to have the help of parent volunteers!  If you are interested in helping out for all or part of that day, please contact Mr. Cho at jfcho@fcps.edu or sign up HERE.

NOTE: Participating in Activity Day is a privilege.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to participate and will be in an alternate location for the day. (Parents/guardians will receive a call from the grade-level assistant principal if this is the case).

  

Last Day of School - Thursday, 6/13

The last day of school will be a 7-period day so that students can say goodbye to all of their teachers.  Students will be dismissed 3 hours early at 11:15 am.  Lunches will be shortened to 20 minutes that day to accommodate the schedule. 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • Important "Save the Dates"
  • Summer F.E.E.D.S.
  • After School Program Survey
  • All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up
  • Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 6/10-6/13

This week:

Mon., 6/10 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 6/11 = White Day (2nd, ER 7 & 8, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 6/12 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 6/13 =Last Day of School (7-period day; Students released 3 hours early)

 

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

Important Save the Dates

Report Cards:

Report cards will be mailed out to families by Monday June 17th. 

 

Course Selections:

In a few weeks, you will receive a paper copy of the courses your child has selected for the 2019-20 school year, along with instructions should you wish to make any changes.  Stay tuned!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 8:15-10:30AM:

Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to briefly meet teachers, walk through their schedules, tour the school, and practice using the lockers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

This year, we will have a separate program for parents while students are with teachers!  We hope you can make it!

 

Back to School Night/Open House:

Back to School Night/Open house for the 2019-2020 school year is Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

 

 

Food for Every Child to Eat During the Summer (F.E.E.D.S.) After School Program Survey

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 19225.

Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

All survey responses are due by the last day of school, June 14.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

 

All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school. If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Melissa Anderson at (703) 658-5910, or your school public health nurse, Jacklyne Kamara, RN at (703) 658-5910.   

Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21 Important Dates
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (7-period day; Students released 3 hours early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 6/2/19

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families! 

What a great week at Holmes this past week!  We finished our last set of our retakes on the SOLs.  Mr. Perez and the students in Band performed a fabulous concert on Wednesday night, and our Theater and Art students put on an excellent showcase on Thursday and Friday nights!  Congratulations on a successful year and thank you for all of your hard work!

Here's what's happening in the last 9 days of school...

 

8th Grade Laptop Collection Continues!

 

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 7th, 7-9 PM!

We are excited for this event to wish our 8th graders well as they move onto high school!  Please contact Mrs. Moore at crmoore@fcps.edu or send in the form provided to 8th grade students if you would like to volunteer that evening or help with the planning.  We are still accepting permission slips and donations.  

A few important notes about the celebration:

  • Only current Holmes 8th graders are permitted to attend. 
  • Attending the celebration is a privilege.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to attend (parents/guardians will receive a call from Mrs. Moore if this is the case).  
  • 8th graders who have not turned in their laptops and/or chargers (or have not paid the fee to replace them) will not be permitted to attend.  If you have a special circumstance, please contact Mrs. Moore.  
  • This is NOT a formal.  While we encourage students to dress up for the occasion, we want to remind families that this is not a prom so we don't want students to feel like they need to rent tuxedos, limos, or other expensive items.  

 

Student Performances

  • Tuesday, 6/4, 7 pm - Music Department Recital

Locker Cleanout - Friday, 6/7

On Friday, 6/7, students will have the opportunity to clean out their lockers during ER-6.  All items must be taken home at the end of that day.  No locker usage will be permitted the week of Monday, 6/10.  Big backpacks will not be needed; students will be permitted to have small string backpacks for any items they need to carry.  

 

Awards Ceremonies - Tuesday, 6/11

All grade-level awards ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 11th, at the following times:

  • 8th Grade - 8:00 am
  • 7th Grade - 9:15 am
  • 6th Grade - 1:00 pm

Each ceremony is expected to last about 30-45 minutes.  All students in each grade level will attend the ceremony.  The families of students receiving awards rece this week inviting them to attend.  

 

Activity Day - Wednesday, 6/12

Activity Day is an fun, annual tradition planned by our students in SCA!  We start out the morning watching a great movie with a great message.  This year's movie is "Remember the Titans".  If you'd like to know more about it, click HERE.  (If you would prefer for your student not to watch the movie, please let the grade-level assistant principal know.)  The day continues with students being divided into 4 groups and rotating through 4 different stations with activities outside, in the gym, in different hallways, and lunch.  We'll end the day with a pep rally and a student/faculty basketball game.  We would love to have the help of parent volunteers!  If you are interested in helping out for all or part of that day, please contact Mr. Cho at jfcho@fcps.edu.

NOTE: Participating in Activity Day is a privilege.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to participate and will be in an alternate location for the day. (Parents/guardians will receive a call from the grade-level assistant principal if this is the case).

  

Last Day of School - Thursday, 6/13

The last day of school will be a 7-period day so that students can say goodbye to all of their teachers.  Students will be dismissed 3 hours early at 11:15 am.  Lunches will be shortened to 20 minutes that day to accommodate the schedule. 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After School Program Survey
  • All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up
  • PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th
  • Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 6/3 - 6/7

This week:

Mon., 6/3 = White Day (2nd, ER 1 & 2, 4th, 6th)

Tues., 6/4 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Wed., 6/5 = White Day (2nd, ER 3 & 4, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 6/6 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 6/7 = White Day (2nd, ER 5 & 6 4th, 6th

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program Survey

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 19225.

Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

All survey responses are due by the last day of school, June 14.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

 

All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school. If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Melissa Anderson at (703) 658-5910, or your school public health nurse, Jacklyne Kamara, RN at (703) 658-5910.   

PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th

Where

Panda Express Old Keene Mill & Backlick

7040 Old Keene Mill Road

Springfield, VA  22150

 

When

Friday, June 7, 2019

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

 

How

In-Store: Show paper digital version of the Fundraiser Event Flyer

Online: Enter 269658 in the promo code box during online checkout

 

20% of event sales will be donated to the Holmes Middle School PTA

Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21 Important Dates
  • Tues., 6/4, 7:00 pm - Music Department Recital
  • Fri., 6/7, 7:00-9:00 pm - 8th Grade Celebration
  • Fri., 6/7, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm -  PTA Fundraiser Event - Panda Express
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (7-period day; Students released 3 hours early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 5/29/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon, Holmes Families! 

We are almost there...just 11 school days remaining for this school year!  Here's what's happening in the next 2 weeks...

 

SOL Testing Finishes This Week!

Tomorrow is our last day of SOL retakes!  Students who are eligible to retake the Math SOL will do so tomorrow morning!  If students missed any SOLs due to absences, please ensure that they come to school tomorrow and/or Friday so they can make them up.

 

After School Program Ends This Week!

  • Thursday, 5/30 - Last day for Late Buses
  • Friday, 5/31 - Last day for all After School Activities (including Hawk Club & Homework Rooms)

 

8th Grade Laptop Collection Continues!

 

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 7th, 7-9 PM!

Thank you to all of our 8th grade parents and students who met with Mrs. Moore last week to plan for the 8th grade celebration!  We are excited for this event to wish them well as they move onto high school!  Please contact Mrs. Moore at crmoore@fcps.edu or send in the form provided to 8th grade students if you would like to volunteer that evening or help with the planning.  We are still accepting permission slips and donations.  

A few important notes about the celebration:

  • Only current Holmes 8th graders are permitted to attend. 
  • Attending the celebration is a privilege.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to attend (parents/guardians will receive a call from Mrs. Moore if this is the case).  
  • 8th graders who have not turned in their laptops and/or chargers (or have not paid the fee to replace them) will not be permitted to attend.  If you have a special circumstance, please contact Mrs. Moore.  
  • This is NOT a formal.  While we encourage students to dress up for the occasion, we want to remind families that this is not a prom so we don't want students to feel like they need to rent tuxedos, limos, or other expensive items.  

 

Student Performances

  • TONIGHT at 7 pm - Band Concert
  • Thursday, 5/30 & Friday, 5/31 @ 7 pm - An Evening of the Arts: Theater Showcase (scroll down for flyer); Art Show on Friday evening
  • Tuesday, 6/4, 7 pm - Music Department Recital

Locker Cleanout - Friday, 6/7

On Friday, 6/7, students will have the opportunity to clean out their lockers during ER-6.  All items must be taken home at the end of that day.  No locker usage will be permitted the week of Monday, 6/10.  Big backpacks will not be needed; students will be permitted to have small string backpacks for any items they need to carry.  

 

Awards Ceremonies - Tuesday, 6/11

All grade-level awards ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 11th, at the following times:

  • 8th Grade - 8:00 am
  • 7th Grade - 9:15 am
  • 6th Grade - 1:00 pm

Each ceremony is expected to last about 30-45 minutes.  All students in each grade level will attend the ceremony.  The families of students receiving awards will receive letters this week inviting them to attend.  

 

Activity Day - Wednesday, 6/12

Activity Day is an fun, annual tradition planned by our students in SCA!  We start out the morning watching a great movie with a great message.  This year's movie is "Remember the Titans".  If you'd like to know more about it, click HERE.  (If you would prefer for your student not to watch the movie, please let the grade-level assistant principal know.)  The day continues with students being divided into 4 groups and rotating through 4 different stations with activities outside, in the gym, in different hallways, and lunch.  We'll end the day with a pep rally and a student/faculty basketball game.  We would love to have the help of parent volunteers!  If you are interested in helping out for all or part of that day, please contact Mr. Cho at jfcho@fcps.edu.

NOTE: Participating in Activity Day is a privilege.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to participate and will be in an alternate location for the day. (Parents/guardians will receive a call from the grade-level assistant principal if this is the case).

  

Last Day of School - Thursday, 6/13

The last day of school will be a 7-period day so that students can say goodbye to all of their teachers.  Students will be dismissed 3 hours early at 11:15 am.  Lunches will be shortened to 20 minutes that day to accommodate the schedule. 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • This Week's After School Program Schedule 
  • All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up
  • PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th
  • Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch
  • May/June SOL Testing Schedule

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 5/27 - 5/31

This week:

Mon., 5/27 = Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL

Tues., 5/28 = White Day (2nd, ER 5 & 6, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 5/29 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 5/30 = White Day (2nd, ER 7 & 8 4th, 6th)

Fri., 5/31 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program - Week of 5/27

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

All Medication in the Health Room Must Be Picked Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school. If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Melissa Anderson at (703) 658-5910, or your school public health nurse, Jacklyne Kamara, RN at (703) 658-5910.   

PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th

Where

Panda Express Old Keene Mill & Backlick

7040 Old Keene Mill Road

Springfield, VA  22150

 

When

Friday, June 7, 2019

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

 

How

In-Store: Show paper digital version of the Fundraiser Event Flyer

Online: Enter 269658 in the promo code box during online checkout

 

20% of event sales will be donated to the Holmes Middle School PTA

Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21 Important Dates
  • Mon., 5/27, Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., 5/28 - 8th grade laptop collection begins through PE classes (ER periods)
  • Wed., 5/29, 7:00 pm - Band Concert
  • Thurs., 5/30 - Fri., 5/31, 7:00 pm - An Evening of the Arts: Theater Showcase & HMS Spring Art Show (Art Show: Fri. May 31st Only)
  • Tues., 6/4, 7:00 pm - Music Department Recital
  • Fri., 6/7, 7:00-9:00 pm - 8th Grade Celebration
  • Fri., 6/7, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm -  PTA Fundraiser Event - Panda Express
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (7-period day; Students released 3 hours early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

May / June SOL Testing Schedule

Interested in learning more about the SOL exams your child will take?  Here are links from the Virginia Department of Education for:

 

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 5/19/19

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families! 

Congratulations to our "World Class" student ensemble who did an amazing job performing at Arena Stage this past Thursday!  I was so proud to see our students present their original work so confidently on stage! Thank you so much to Mrs. Murphy for all of her support and work with them!

We would also like to say a special Congratulations and Best Wishes to four of our staff members who are retiring this year, who we celebrated as a staff this past Friday evening: 

  • German Cabezas, After School Specialist
  • Karri Iaquinta Springer, Math Teacher & Coach
  • Onasis Tanoe, Assistant Building Supervisor
  • Yolma Torres, School Counselor

Thank you to each of them for all of their hard work and service to support our students, staff, and families for many years!  We will miss you all dearly!!

 

SOL Testing Continue This Week!

We have just one more day of new SOL testing tomorrow with our 8th graders taking their Civics SOL.  Our students have been working incredibly hard throughout these testing weeks to show their best work.  Starting later this week, students who are eligible for expedited retakes will have another opportunity to take their SOL (scroll down for the full schedule).  We will begin sharing scores with students and families once retakes are complete.

 

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 7th!

This past week, 8th graders received two forms related to the 8th grade celebration: one is a permission slip that must be turned into the office in order for them to attend; the other is a donation letter for parents/guardians to submit donations for the celebration and to volunteer to plan for it and/or chaperone that evening.  Mrs. Moore, the 8th grade Assistant Principal, will be holding a planning meeting with parents this Wednesday, May 22nd, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join us to help us plan for the event.  

NOTE: Only current Holmes 8th graders are permitted to attend.  Students with serious disciplinary infractions or frequent tardiness this quarter will not be permitted to attend (parents/guardians will receive a call from Mrs. Moore if this is the case).  

 

2019-20 PTA Board

This past Wednesday, we elected the 2019-20 PTA Board: 

  • President - Renate Thompson
  • Treasurer - Andre McGinity
  • Secretary - Mike Thayer
  • Vice President of Membership - Anne Wuhrer
  • Vice President of Fundraising - Rheanna Bernard

I cannot express enough how grateful I am for this year's board - Rob Hardin, Renate Thompson, Andre McGinity, Rheanna Bernard, & Carol Gabriel - for all of their support our students and staff this year!  Not only have they led efforts to increase our membership and fundraising, but they have used those funds to show appreciation to our staff on multiple occasions, and they have funded a number of extension opportunities for students!  Thank you!!

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • This Week's After School Program Schedule 
  • Holmes Designated as a Common Sense School!
  • PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th
  • Annandale HS Rising Freshmen Football Work Outs - May 20, 22 and 23
  • 8th Grade Student Laptop Collection - Begins Tuesday, 5/28!!!
  • Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch
  • May/June SOL Testing Schedule

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 5/20 - 5/24

This week:

Mon., 5/20 = Blue Day (3rd, 5th, 7th, No 1st

Tues., 5/21 = White Day (2nd, ER 1 & 2, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 5/22 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 5/23 = White Day (2nd, ER 3 & 4 4th, 6th)

Fri., 5/24 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program - Week of 5/20

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Holmes Designated as a Common Sense School!

Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 "connected culture," such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at home.

Holmes Middle School sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially in schools like ours that are using technology to transform learning. That's why we are committed to teaching our students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly. Holmes Middle school has just been approved as a Common Sense School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We are one of the more than 50,000 schools across the country that use Common Sense Education's groundbreaking education resources. As a result, our students are better equipped to navigate the digital world and use devices for learning. We hope you will encourage other schools in our district to take advantage of them. If 75 percent of schools in the district become Common Sense Schools, we can earn recognition as a Common Sense District.

To learn more about Common Sense Education, visit www.commonsense.org/education

PTA Fundraiser Event - Friday, June 7th

Where

Panda Express Old Keene Mill & Backlick

7040 Old Keene Mill Road

Springfield, VA  22150

 

When

Friday, June 7, 2019

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

 

How

In-Store: Show paper digital version of the Fundraiser Event Flyer

Online: Enter 269658 in the promo code box during online checkout

 

20% of event sales will be donated to the Holmes Middle School PTA

Annandale HS Rising Freshmen Football Work Outs - May 20, 22 and 23

All Rising 9th Graders who are interested in playing Freshmen Football at Annandale High School next fall.  

May 20th, 22nd, 23rd - Rising Freshmen Football Work Outs: 4PM to 6PM - Meet in Weight Room-Entrance 10- this is a great opportunity to begin working out at Annandale and be instructed by your future coaches.  Each day we will lift and then compete in a football related Activity. We will meet in the Weight Room-come dressed to work out-White t-shirt/Red Shorts and white socks and athletic shoes-NO Jewelry of any kind.

May 23rd - 8th Grade Parent Meeting-5:30-PM-Lecture Hall-This is very important for Parents to understand exactly what is expected of their Student Athlete and the unique commitment it entails. Parents need to understand all team functions are mandatory. All athletes need to have a way to get to AHS and need to be picked up, walk, or ride a bike after team events

June 4th-VHSL Physicals at AHS-It is mandatory for all Athletes to have a valid VHSL Physical dated on or after May 1, 2019-NO Physical-You Are NOT Eligible! Cost is $50; $20 if you are on Reduced Lunch & $10 if you are on Free Lunch visit www.Annandaleatoms.net for more info.

Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21 8th Grade Student Laptop Collection Important Dates
  • Tue., 5/21 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip
  • Fri., 5/24 - Intermediate Music Field Trip to Kings Dominion
  • Mon., 5/27, Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., 5/28 - 8th grade laptop collection begins through PE classes (ER periods)
  • Wed., 5/29, 7:00 pm - Band Concert
  • Thurs., 5/30, 7:00 pm - An Evening of the Arts: Theater Showcase
  • Fri., 5/31, 7:00 pm - An Evening of the Arts: Theater Showcase & Art Gallery
  • Tues., 6/4, 7:00 pm - Music Department Recital
  • Fri., 6/7, 7:00-9:00 pm - 8th Grade Celebration
  • Fri., 6/7, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm -  PTA Fundraiser Event - Panda Express
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (Students released 3 hours early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

May / June SOL Testing Schedule

Interested in learning more about the SOL exams your child will take?  Here are links from the Virginia Department of Education for:

 

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 5/13/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon, Holmes Families! 

I hope that all of our mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, etc. had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday!  My apologies for the delayed delivery of the weekly update this week as I was thoroughly enjoying Mother's Day with my little one yesterday!  

 

SOL Testing Continue This Week!

We successfully completed 4 sessions of SOLS last week: Science 8, and Reading for all three grade levels.  This week, the work continues.  Today is another 7-period day (our last one) to ensure that all teachers have the opportunity to see their students prior to their Math SOLs this week.  (Scroll all the way down for the full schedule, and note the schedule changes that will take place throughout the week.)  The first periods of each day this Tuesday through Thursday will be 3-hour blocks to minimize interruption to the testing.  Friday, 5/17, will be a normal White Day.  

Students who score between 375-399 on an SOL have the opportunity to do "Expedited Retakes".  Science and English teachers are in the process of sending home letters and calling parents for permission for students to take retakes on those exams after reviewing and remediating with them.  Retakes will take place the weeks of 5/20 and 5/27.

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4

In observance of Ramadan, students who are fasting have an alternative location to go to during lunch if they would rather not be in the cafeteria.  Our Health & PE teachers also have plans in place to provide alternative activities for students to limit physical activity. Thank you to those parents who have already reached out to let us know if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations.  Please continue to reach out to your grade-level administrator let us know your questions or concerns:

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Many thanks to our AWESOME PTA for the delicious breakfast and lunch last week and for all of the thanks and appreciation from students and parents throughout the week!

 

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 7th!

We are so excited to help our 8th graders celebrate their transition from middle school to high school!  Each year, we get donations from parents to fund the event so that it can be FREE for our students to attend.  Our parents also work together to plan a fun evening with music, decorations, and fun activities for students to celebrate their accomplishments in middle school.  If you are interested in helping to plan the event or volunteer, please continue to email Rose Moore, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.   More details coming soon!

 

PTA Meeting - Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30 pm

We hope to see you on Wednesday evening for our last PTA meeting of the year!  Come meet our new After School Specialist, Ms. Taylor, come vote for the 2019-20 PTA Board, and come help us to reflect on this year and share your ideas for the upcoming school year 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule (Note schedule changes due to SOL testing!)
  • This Week's After School Program Schedule 
  • Voices of Now Performance at Arena Stage
  • 8th Grade Student Laptop Collection - Begins Tuesday, 5/28!!!
  • Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21
  • 2019-20 Course Requests Available in ParentVue
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch
  • May/June SOL Testing Schedule

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 5/6 - 5/10

This week:

Mon., 5/13 = 7-Period Day

Tues., 5/14 = Blue Day (7th, 3rd, 1st, No 5th

Wed., 5/15 = White Day (6th, 4th, 2nd, No ER)

Thurs., 5/16 = Blue Day (5th, 1st, 3rd, No 7th

Fri., 5/17 = White Day (2nd, ER 7 & 8, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program - Week of 5/13

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Voices of Now Performance at Arena Stage

You are cordially invited to attend our Holmes World Ensemble’s Voices of Now performance at Arena Stage in Washington DC on Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 pm.  Tickets can be obtained HERE, and are FREE!!   It is an incredible experience to see our students perform their original work in a professional setting for an authentic audience!  We hope you can join us!

Annandale Atoms Girls Volleyball Clinics - June 17-21 8th Grade Student Laptop Collection 2019-20 Course Requests Available in ParentVue

2019-20 Course Requests are currently available in ParentVue.  If you have any difficulty reviewing on the app, we encourage you to log in via a web browser.  In the navigation bar click on “course requests.”

Please review the course selections and notify your student’s school counselor in writing of any errors or changes that you wish to make. 

Rising 6th – Ms. Megan Neforos -  mcneforos@fcps.edu

Rising 7th – Ms. Jolana Roberts - jnroberts@fcps.edu

Rising 8th – Ms. Kelly Murphy -  kwmurphy@fcps.edu

ESOL Level 1-4 – Ms. Yolma Torres - yctorres@fcps.edu

Important Dates
  • 5/6-5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tues., 5/14, 7:00 pm - Chorus & Orchestra Concert, Annandale HS
  • Wed., 5/15, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting
  • Thur., 5/16, 7:30 pm - Voices of Now Performance, Arena Stage (Washington DC)
  • Tue., 5/21 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip
  • Fri., 5/24 - Intermediate Music Field Trip
  • Mon., 5/27, Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 5/29, 7:00 pm - Band Concert
  • Tues., 6/4, 7:00 pm - Music Department Recital
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (Students released early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

May / June SOL Testing Schedule

Interested in learning more about the SOL exams your child will take?  Here are links from the Virginia Department of Education for:

 

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 5/5/19

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families! 

Congratulations to our band, orchestra, and chorus students who visited Williamsburg at the end of last week for their annual trip!  Our wonderful teachers - Ms. Eddinger, Ms. Bongard, & Mr. Perez - reported that it was a positive working experience for all groups at the workshop, the performances were great, and the students enjoyed hearing from professors about college.  It was a great trip and a fun opportunity for community building with awesome parent chaperones (thank you!).  I am so proud of the work of our students and staff and especially love hearing about the positive comments from hotel staff and vacationers in the hotel about our students' behavior.  

 

SOL Testing Starts This Week!

This week marks the beginning of SOL testing. These tests can be one of many important opportunities for students to demonstrate the learning they have done this school year. On days when your student is scheduled to take an SOL test, please ensure that they get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast and come to school ready to show what they know!  Please scroll down to see the full schedule, and note the schedule changes that will take place throughout the week.  Monday will be a 7-period day to ensure that all teachers have the opportunity to see their students prior to their SOLs this week.  The first periods of each day this Tuesday through Friday will be 3-hour blocks to minimize interruption to the testing.  Also note that all testing will take place in the morning this year, so it is critically important for students to get to school on time.  

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4

Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that students observing Ramadan are supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator:

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

We are excited to celebrate our teachers and staff this week!  Take a moment to thank a teacher through this site!  Each thank you note is an entry for the teacher to win a trip!  Here's what the admin team and the PTA have planned for our amazing staff this week:

  • Monday, 5/6: Traveling Breakfast Cart / PTA Panera Lunch
  • Tuesday, 5/7: Cupcakes & Coffee
  • Wednesday, 5/8: Ice Cream Social
  • Thursday, 5/9: PTA Anita's Breakfast / Seated Massages 
  • Friday, 5/10: Seated Massages / Pizza Lunch

If you'd like to make a donation to the PTA for this week, you can do so here: https://www.paypal.me/HolmesMSPTA

 

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 7th!

We are so excited to help our 8th graders celebrate their transition from middle school to high school!  Each year, we get donations from parents to fund the event so that it can be FREE for our students to attend.  Our parents also work together to plan a fun evening with music, decorations, and fun activities for students to celebrate their accomplishments in middle school.  If you are interested in helping to plan the event or volunteer, please email Rose Moore, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.   

 

Seeking Nominations for 2019-20 PTA Board

We currently have a partial slate ready for our 2019-20 PTA Board:

  • President, Renate Thompson
  • Treasurer, Andre McGinity
  • Vice President of Fundraising, Rheanna Bernard

We are seeking nominations for the Vice President of Membership and the Secretary!  It would be great to have representation from a few more of our feeder elementary schools.  If you are interested, please contact Rob Hardin, our current PTA president.  Our election of next year's board will take place at our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, at 6:30 p.m. 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule (Note schedule changes due to SOL testing!)
  • This Week's After School Program Schedule 
  • Voices of Now Performance at Arena Stage
  • 8th Grade Student Laptop Collection
  • 2019-20 Course Requests Available in ParentVue
  • Parent Chaperones Needed For Finance Park Make-up Field Trip
  • Important Dates (including SOL testing schedule)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 5/6 - 5/10

This week:

Mon., 5/6 = 7-Period Day

Tues., 5/7 = White Day (2nd, 4th, 6th, No ER)

Wed., 5/8 = Blue Day (1st, 5th, 7th, No 3rd)

Thurs., 5/9 = White Day (4th, 2nd, 6th, No ER)

Fri., 5/10 = Blue Day (3rd, 5th, 7th, No 1st)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program - Week of 5/6

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Voices of Now Performance at Arena Stage

You are cordially invited to attend our Holmes World Ensemble’s Voices of Now performance at Arena Stage in Washington DC on Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 pm.  Tickets can be obtained HERE, and are FREE!!   It is an incredible experience to see our students perform their original work in a professional setting for an authentic audience!  We hope you can join us!

8th Grade Student Laptop Collection 2019-20 Course Requests Available in ParentVue

2019-20 Course Requests are currently available in ParentVue.  If you have any difficulty reviewing on the app, we encourage you to log in via a web browser.  In the navigation bar click on “course requests.”

Please review the course selections and notify your student’s school counselor in writing of any errors or changes that you wish to make. 

Rising 6th – Ms. Megan Neforos -  mcneforos@fcps.edu

Rising 7th – Ms. Jolana Roberts - jnroberts@fcps.edu

Rising 8th – Ms. Kelly Murphy -  kwmurphy@fcps.edu

ESOL Level 1-4 – Ms. Yolma Torres - yctorres@fcps.edu

Parent Chaperones Needed For Finance Park Make-up Field Trip - May 31

Our last make-up day for the Finance Park field trip will be Friday, May 31st.  We are really in need of more parent chaperones, so if you are available on May 31st, please contact your student’s Civics teacher, and they will add you to the list.  During the day, which will be from 8:30am – 1:30pm, you will lead a group of no more than 9 students, as they prepare to be “an adult for the day.”  It will require you to drive yourself to the JA Finance Park Facility, which is at 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax VA.  Once again, please contact your student’s Civics teacher (i.e. Mr. Kerner, Mr. Sterzinger, Mr. Hoover, Mr. Schmitz, or Ms. D’Angelo) if you are interested.

Important Dates
  • 5/6-5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tues., 5/14, 7:00 pm - Chorus & Orchestra Concert, Annandale HS
  • Wed., 5/15, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting
  • Thur., 5/16, 7:30 pm - Voices of Now Performance, Arena Stage (Washington DC)
  • Tue., 5/21 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip
  • Fri., 5/24 - Intermediate Music Field Trip
  • Mon., 5/27, Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 5/29, 7:00 pm - Band Concert
  • Tues., 6/4, 7:00 pm - Music Department Recital
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (Students released early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

May / June SOL Testing Schedule

Interested in learning more about the SOL exams your child will take?  Here are links from the Virginia Department of Education for:

 

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 4/28/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning, Holmes Families! 

What an exciting and fun-packed week we had at Holmes this past week!  Here is just a brief snapshot of this past week (with a few pictures!):

  • We recognized Autism Awareness Month.
  • Our 6th graders visited Washington, DC.
  • Our 7th graders presented amazing, high quality work as part of History 7's Holocaust Remembrance Project. Selected groups (chosen by external judges) will visit the Holocaust Museum in May and will receive a copy of Elie Wiesel's Night.  
  • A small group of our 8th graders visited the Fairfax County Courthouse.
  • We recognized over 400 students at the evening Honor Roll Ceremony, and inducted over 20 students into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • Our music students participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival.
  • Many students and staff expanded their libraries at the Spring Book Fair.

It was so exciting to celebrate our students in so many different ways this week!  We also will take this next week to recognize our Administrative Professionals, and the following week (May 6th-10th) is Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am so thankful to go to work every day with such a committed, dedicated, and hardworking staff who bring their best for our students every day!  

 

We also bid farewell to Mr. Cabezas this week, whose last day was Friday.  Our new After School Specialist, Ms. Denise Taylor, will start with us on Wednesday, May 1st!  We will provide opportunities for our students and families to meet Ms. Taylor throughout the month of May.  

With just 7 weeks of school to go, we are focusing our efforts on preparation for SOL exams, which will begin May 7th!  Please scroll down to the end of this newsletter to see the schedule of SOL testing.  Note that the the order of periods is different on some days, and most testing days have 3-hour blocks to limit interruptions for students who are testing.  You will also note that we have 2 Mondays (5/6 & 5/13) that will be 7-period days to ensure that all of our students have class with their teachers within 2 days of their upcoming SOLs.  Please help us to prepare students for these important assessments by ensuring that students arrive to school on time each day, get a good night's sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast each morning.  In addition to the academic preparation that our staff has provided, we know that students need your support and encouragement to help them manage their stress and be mentally and emotionally prepared for this time as well.  

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • This Week's After School Program Schedule 
  • STEM/Aviation Summer Opportunity at Udvar-Hazy Museum
  • Parent Chaperones Needed For Finance Park Make-up Field Trip
  • Important Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#HolmesHawksSoar

 

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 4/29 - 5/3

This week:

Mon., 4/29 = White Day w/ ER 1 & 2

Tues., 4/30 = Blue Day

Wed., 5/1 = White Day w/ ER 3 & 4

Thurs., 5/2 = Blue Day

Fri., 5/3 = White Day w/ ER 5 & 6

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the website HERE.  

After School Program - Week of 4/29

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Mr. German Cabezas, our After School Program Specialist.

STEM/Aviation Opportunity at Udvar-Hazy! Parent Chaperones Needed For Finance Park Make-up Field Trip - May 31

Our last make-up day for the Finance Park field trip will be Friday, May 31st.  We are really in need of more parent chaperones, so if you are available on May 31st, please contact your student’s Civics teacher, and they will add you to the list.  During the day, which will be from 8:30am – 1:30pm, you will lead a group of no more than 9 students, as they prepare to be “an adult for the day.”  It will require you to drive yourself to the JA Finance Park Facility, which is at 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax VA.  Once again, please contact your student’s Civics teacher (i.e. Mr. Kerner, Mr. Sterzinger, Mr. Hoover, Mr. Schmitz, or Ms. D’Angelo) if you are interested.

Important Dates
  • Tue., 4/30 - Science Field Trip to Belmont Bay (small group)
  • Thu., 5/2-5/3 - Williamsburg Music Field Trip
  • 5/6-5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tues., 5/14, 7:00 pm - Chorus & Orchestra Concert, Annandale HS
  • Wed., 5/15, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting
  • Thu., 5/16 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip
  • Fri., 5/24 - Intermediate Music Field Trip
  • Mon., 5/27, Memorial Day Holiday -  NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 5/29, 7:00 pm - Band Concert
  • Tue., 6/11, 8:00 am - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 9:15 am - 7th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Tue., 6/11, 1:00 pm - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Wed., 6/12 - SCA Activity Day
  • Thu., 6/13 - Last Day of School (Students released early)
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

May / June SOL Testing Schedule

Interested in learning more about the SOL exams your child will take?  Here are links from the Virginia Department of Education for:

 

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